Table 1

Variables contributing to the perceived importance of personal continuity (Multilevel models: 4027 consultations, the null model shows which percentage of the variance might be explained on the patient's and GP's level (practice level excluded).

ModelsOverall (%)Doctor level (%)Patient and consultation level (%)
Variance to be explained null model10033.366.7
Variance explained28.211.616.6
Overall model (including 1, 2, 3 and 4)
1. GP's age, sex, and practice type9.49.40.0
2. Patient's age and sex1.00.01.0
3. Reason for encounter, consultation type, seriousness19.83.915.9
4. Perceived consumption, compliance, coping style6.03.12.9